A Case of You
|"A Case of You"|
|Song by Joni Mitchell from the album 'Blue'|
|Genre||Folk, Folk rock|
Writing and recording
Mitchell recorded "A Case of You" in 1971, during her early folk period. The song was first released on the 1971 album Blue with Mitchell playing Appalachian dulcimer, accompanied by James Taylor on acoustic guitar. The release of the live album Amchitka - The 1970 Concert That Launched Greenpeace shows that the song was written earlier than 1971, as Mitchell performs a live version of "A Case of You" at the concert. The line "I am as constant as a northern star" is a quotation from Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar.
Mitchell later re-recorded the song on her live album Miles of Aisles (1974). It can be found on Mitchell's Misses (1996), and Both Sides Now (2000) in an orchestral version featuring a new vocal by Mitchell.
The song is found on many bootleg recordings from her 1983 tour. "A Case of You" has also been performed by artists as diverse as Sloan, Tori Amos, Allison Crowe, Brian Kennedy, Michelle Branch, Keller Williams, k.d. lang, Lyn Paul, Caroline Lavelle, Kate Earl, Cristina Branco, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Julia Murney, Javier, Philip Morrow, Colin Meloy, Frank Ocean, Dawn Langstroth (Highwire, Linn Records), Nancy Wilson, Ana Moura, James Blake and Aaron Tveit.
Prince recorded a version, retitled "A Case of U", on his 2002 album, One Nite Alone.... He also played the song in 1983 during the First Avenue performance where the album versions of "Purple Rain" and several other tracks from the Purple Rain album were recorded.
The song was both referenced and featured in a 1996 episode of the medical drama Chicago Hope, in which Dr. Diane Grad (Jayne Brook) mentions that Mitchell's Blue album was a personal favorite of hers while growing up, and that "A Case of You" was her favorite song on the album. Mitchell's recording of the song later played over the episode's closing credits.
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